Transgender Day of Remembrance
Transgender Day of Remembrance is observed annually on November 20. This day was set aside to memorialize those who were killed due to transphobia, anti-transgender hatred, or prejudice.
2013 TDoR Events
In honor of Transgender Day of Remembrance students joined Gender Justice LA for two workshops and dinner! Thank you to all those who sponsored this event.*
Gender Justice LA
2 Workshops on Sunday, November 24, 2013 @ The Seaver Theatre Large Studio, PO
Gender Justice LA (GJLA) is a Los Angeles based non-profit organization working to build the collective power of the transgender community. They are dedicated to Trans* liberation and are organized primarily by queer and Trans* people of color.
FMI check out their website: http://www.gjla.org/who.html
Trans 101 Workshop: 2:30-4:30 PM *
Dinner: 4:30-6:00 PM *
The first workshop was called "Trans 101." It was designed for the general Claremont audience: students, faculty, and staff who want to develop an analysis of trans lives and politics and who want to learn what it means to be a practicing ally. "Trans 101" is particularly useful for student clubs and orgs on campus who want to come and take what they learn back to their groups and community organizations.
Trans Folks and the Prison State Workshop: 6:00-8:00 PM
Seaver Theatre Large Studio @ Pomona College
The second workshop was called "Trans Folks and the Police State." This workshop was geared for folks who already have an understanding of the prison-police state and who want to deepen their understanding of how trans bodies are targeted by violent state policies and practices. The "Trans Folks and the Police State" workshop touches on a pressing topic given that the LA County jail system is currently under two separate federal investigations into widespread sheriff brutality. The LA County jail system is the nation's largest jailing system of its kind. Tellingly, it is also the nation's largest de facto mental health institution. Participants learned about how Gender Justice LA and its allies organize against the violent conditions in the system and against the policies that criminalize trans lives and push them into poverty and incarceration.
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*Sponsors include QRC, FAC, OSA Pitzer, FAMILY, QQAMP, PO Advocates, SOCA, Motley, One Time Events, HEO, & SCORE. We are grateful for the support!
Past TDoR Events
2012 TDoR Events
S Bear Bergman's "Gathering Light Out of Darkness"
Friday, November 16th @ The McAllister Center, CUC
The QRC, Claremont Hillel, and the 7C Trans*, Genderqueer, and Gender Questioning Alliance collaborated to bring writer/activist S Bear Bergman to campus to give hir lyrical lecture/performance, "Gathering Light Out of Darkness," which connects the origin stories of Hanukah and Transgender Day of Remembrance. "Gathering Light Out of Darkness" was preceded by Claremont Hillel's weekly Shabbat dinner. Both the dinner and the lecture were open to everyone.
About Bear and "Gathering Light Out of Darkness":
S. Bear Bergman is a storyteller, a theater artist, an instigator, a gender-jammer, and a good example of what happens when you overeducate a contrarian. Ze is the author of Butch Is a Noun (reissued with a new foreword by Arsenal Pulp Press, 2010) and Lambda Literary Award-finalist The Nearest Exit May be Behind You (Arsenal Pulp Press, 2009) as well as the editor (with the inimitable Kate Bornstein) of the multiple-award-winning Gender Outlaws: The Next Generation (Seal Press, 2010). Bear is also the creator and performer of three award-winning solo performances and a frequent contributor to anthologies on all manner of topics.
As a Jew, Bear also speaks extensively about how hir religious and cultural lives have shaped one another and the intersection of identities, especially as it relates to being both Jewish and queer. Ze remains exceptionally pleased to have been asked to write the chapter on trans inclusion for Hillel International's LGBTQ Resource Guide.
Bear’s “Gathering Light Out of Darkness,” designed for the period of time near or between Transgender Day of Remembrance and Chanukah, is an incredibly strong lyrical lecture/performance about remembrance, mourning, and resistance. This piece draws strong connections between trans, queer, and Jewish experiences of community and oppression, and makes some new parts of both stories available to people who are unfamiliar with either.
For more information on Bear or on “Gathering Light Out of Darkness,” please see www.sbearbergman.com.
2011 TDoR Events
In 2011, The QRC hosted a week of events in observence of this day of awareness from Thursday, November 17 – Tuesday, November 22:
- Trans & Genderqueer Social
- Sexuality and Gender in the Middle East
- “TransGender” Film Showing and Discussion
- Talk: "Sex & Gender: Navigating Relationships"
On the 18th, the 5 Undergraduate Claremont Colleges held a candelight vigil. Students met at Hoch-Shanahan at Harvey Mudd College where they lit candels and slowly walked through the rest of the 5Cs gathering students and growing in size as they went. The vigil ended at The QRC, where light refereshments were served as students discussed transgender issues and awareness, sharing their reflections on the evening.
Please return for information abotu our 2012 TDOR events.